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Weed Warriors raid invasive species at Northstar

Linda Morris
Special to the Sun

Weed Warriors wage havoc on invasive species.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Fifty "Weed Warrior" volunteers from Northstar filled more than 40 bags with five targeted non-native invasive plants growing along roadsides throughout Northstar may 17.

The volunteers made a positive impact with their removal, allowing native species to thrive without competition. Invasive species introduced intentionally or not change the environment by increasing fire hazard, increasing erosion and destroying animal habitat. The targeted species included white and yellow sweetclover, bull thistle, tumbleweed, cheat grass and poison hemlock.

Bags were disposed of properly using the "Bag and Bake" method described in the "Invasive Weeds of the Tahoe National Forest," available from the Truckee River Watershed Council.

Sites will be monitored throughout the growing season and results reported to Placer County and Truckee River Watershed Council to provide information on the efficacy of the methods used to control non-native invasive plants.

The planning committee members were Jeann Green, Judy Howes, Nancy Ives, Carol Kurland, Linda Morris, Jo Ann Polverari and Kathy Welch.

A big thanks to JoAnn and Joe Polverari, Northstar at California, Northstar Community Services District and Northstar Property Owners Association who supplied equipment and food.

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To become a "Weed Warrior" on your property if you live within the Truckee River watershed please contact Truckee River Watershed Council at 530-550-8760. If you live outside the watershed please contact Nevada County Agriculture Department at 530-273-2648; Placer County Agriculture Department at 530-889-7372; and Plumas-Sierra County Agriculture Service 530-283-6365.

For more information about Weed Warriors visit http://www.truckeeriverwc.org.